Several Swimmers On Preseason All-MIAA List

Several Swimmers On Preseason All-MIAA List

If the prediction by the staff at collegeswimming.com is correct, Albion College will have a successful run in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Swimming & Diving Championships in February.

With the season starting Saturday with the College Swimming Coaches Association of America Collegiate National Open Water Championship, the website released its preseason all-MIAA picks based on the times of both returning and incoming swimmers.

The Briton men, after achieving a runner-up finish in the MIAA last year, placed seven on the list, led by returning individual event champions Derek Bosko, Nate Kozycki, and Sebastian Tostado.

Bosko, a senior from Holland, Mich., who was the MIAA's Swimming MVP a year ago after winning the sprint freestyle events, was picked to achieve all-league status in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events.

Kozycki, a sophomore who prepped at Northview High School in Grand Rapids, Mich., was the MIAA champion in the 100 butterfly last year. The website predicts he will achieve all-league status in the event this year.

Tostado, a senior from Mexico who was the MIAA champion in the 200 individual medley and 200 backstroke last year, is predicted to challenge at the league level in the 100 backstroke, 200 freestyle and 200 IM.

Returning joining the list of preseason all-MIAA award winners were Lucas Harder, a junior from Naperville, Ill., who reached the championship final in the 200 breaststroke and 400 IM at the MIAA Championships last year, and Gerardo Huidobro, a sophomore from Peru who scored a runner-up finish in the 400 IM at the MIAA Championships last year. First-year swimmers Tyler Kimbrell (100 breaststroke) and Alec Nyboer (100 butterfly) also made the list.

Anna Moore, a sophomore from Battle Creek, Mich., who competed in the NCAA Division III Championships in her first year at the collegiate level, represented the Albion women on the preseason all-MIAA team. She earned the MIAA gold medal in the 100 backstroke last year with a championship record time of 56.65 seconds.

"I think this honor is based on our history of our swimmers rather than predicting the future, but I'd like to think it's both," Albion Head Coach Jake Taber said. "While it is exciting to have our program recognized in the preseason, we understand the work that needs to be done between now and February."

Tostado, Kyle Harvey and Mac Robertson will compete in the open water meet while the rest of the swimming and diving program will gather Friday for their first official practice. Albion's first dual meet of the season is an Oct. 8 home double dual against Division II Hillsdale College and Wabash College.